nighttime bloomer?

@Ravenladyj (22936)
United States
March 15, 2007 6:19am CST
For the life of me i can't remember where I read it but last summer I read about a type of bush i think it was that has white flowers that bloom at night? I want to say it was called a "moonflower" or Moonhedge maybe or something like that but I'm not sure.....Does anyone know of any flowers, plants etc that are like that?
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
15 Mar 07
There's a cactus called cereus that blooms at night, but it only blooms at midsummer also. Those are kind of neat. Moonflower is the name of one of the nightblooming flowers. It sounds like it's kind of a vine thing from what I've heard about it, rather than a bush. I could be wrong, though. Of course evening primrose and night-blooming jasmine are also in this category. I think that's all I can think of right now. I knew someone who used to have a whole night-blooming garden, and I know there were more types, but it's too early in the morning. =p
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@seamonkey (1981)
• Ireland
15 Mar 07
MOONFLOWER (Ipomoea alba ) is a night-blooming relative of the morning glory that perfumes the garden with five- to six-inch white flowers. I think it is a vine? Angel's Trumpet: (Datura innoxia ) produces fragrant, six-inch white flowers that appear from midsummer until frost on this viney annual. This plant is poisonous. It's bushy and can get quite tall. Night Phlox: (Phlox 'Midnight Candy' ) at dusk, flowers open to release a honey/almond/vanilla fragrance. I grow this and it's gorgeous. Evening Stock: (Matthiola incana ) has small pink or purplish flowers that are not showy, but emit an intoxicating fragrance at night. I also grow this and it's gorgeous. Night Blooming Cereus: (Selenicereus ) is known for its large, fragrant, night-blooming white flowers. Bring indoors for the winter. Daylilies: (Hemerocallis ) that bloom at night include 'Moon Frolic' and 'Toltec Sundial'. Yucca: (Yucca filamentosa ) bears flowers that are open both day and night."
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@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
16 Mar 07
wow excellent thank you so much!! I'll have to check all of those out and see if they grow in my zone..but I'll have to avoid the poisonous one...Thanks again that was a great help!
@marciascott (25553)
• United States
15 Mar 07
Why do I answer some of your emails, you never answer mind. every blue moon. Anyway I know the fowers you are talking about I always wanted to plant some. they are pretty. My old neighbor has some in his yard I am going to go over to his house and see if I can get a few to grow in my yard.
• United States
16 Mar 07
So why answer the emails if you don't have the answer?
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@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
16 Mar 07
Marciascott when you have topics that interest me I respond...just like anyone elses topics including all the other ppl on my friends list..I dont respond to all of their topics either..
• United States
16 Mar 07
It could be moonvine or cereus.
@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
16 Mar 07
They said it was a bush. Neither of Cereus, Trichocereus or Moonvine fit the category. It is Datura inoxia or Datura alba. Alba means white in Latin & Datura inoxia is also white.
• United States
15 Mar 07
I've heard of them too. I actually believe there are a few different flowers that bloom only at night. My aunt also has one plant that closes up every night. I believe she called it a prayer plant. It's neat to get these unique plants once in a while.
@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
16 Mar 07
We had bought the kids each a plant that closes every time you touched it or breathed on it...it was the coolest thing LOL I'll have to ask my husband what the name of it was cause I wouldnt mind getting more come to think of it...
@VKXY62 (1606)
• Australia
24 Mar 07
Hey this is spot on, we have the white cacti plants that bloom at night with big flowers in the summer, and I have been growing yellow evening primrose for years. I love the way they all pop open just after the sun has gone down, look the wrong way for a few seconds and you missed it, doesn't matter if the plant has a hundred blooms on it, you missed it, come back tomorrow, ha ha. :-)
@ginagee (843)
24 Mar 07
There's a plant called Miribilis that blooms in the evening and smells wonderful, it's also known as the 4o/clock plant as that's when it wakes up!! It comes in yellow, red or white (that I know of). when the flowers die that are always lots of seeds which you should try and keep as any that fall on the ground will be new plants the following year and once they get hold they just go and go!! I've had them in my garden for years and everyone asks me about them.
@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
15 Mar 07
Hi, I think the plant you seek is Datura inoxia or Datura alba. They both have white flowers and appear to be identical to most. However the leaves are slightly different. http://cgi.ebay.com/Datura-metel-alba-Angel-Trumpet-Moonflower-Seeds_W0QQitemZ170083038176QQcategoryZ3183QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem